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+ - Measuring the value of open hardware designs-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Industry knows open source software has an immense value, but how valuable is an open hardware design? To answer that question, Dr. Joshua Pearce, an associate professor at Michigan Tech University analyzed three methods to quantify the value of open hardware design in the latest issue of the journal Modern Economy."
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Comment: We have hardly even tried nuclear, don't give up (Score 1) 309

by furry_wookie (#49020583) Attached to: The IPCC's Shifting Position On Nuclear Energy
The thing that bugs me, is we haven't really even given Nuclear power a very good try yet.

We barely dipped our toes into the technology and then stopped, its only been a few decades worth so far. Imagine if we gave up on other technologies such as electricity, refrigeration, combustion engines, farming, aircraft, boats, or whatever after only a couple of decades of trying.

There is massive potential for engineering solutions to be developed to the problems that are present in these early attempts at nuclear power.

For people to just who totally say "no nuclear power", I say you are taking an ANTI-SCIENCE position.

+ - The IPCC's shifting position on nuclear energy-> 1

Submitted by Lasrick
Lasrick (2629253) writes "Suzanne Waldman writes about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and its stand on nuclear power over the course of its five well-known climate change assessment reports. The IPCC was formed in 1988 as an expert panel to guide the drafting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, ratified in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The treaty’s objective is to stabilize greenhouse gases in the atmosphere at a safe level. Waldman writes: 'Over time, the organization has subtly adjusted its position on the role of nuclear power as a contributor to de-carbonization goals.," and she provides a timeline of those adjustments."
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Comment: We haven't even given Nuclear a good "Try" yet. (Score 1) 1

by furry_wookie (#49018799) Attached to: The IPCC's shifting position on nuclear energy
The thing that bugs me, is we haven't really even given Nuclear power a very good try yet. We dipped our toes into the technology and then stopped. There is massive potential for engineering solutions to the problems that are present in those early attempts at nuclear power.

For people to just totally say "no nuclear power", it is just anti-science.

Comment: The idea is just starting to take hold in hardware (Score 1) 1

by furry_wookie (#49018719) Attached to: Measuring the value of open hardware designs
The concept of Open Source is not nearly as prevalent in hardware as it is in software. There are still many people who just don't get the ideas of Open Source in the world of electronics hardware design.

However, over the last few years I have seen more and more people coming into electronics hardware from the software side via paths of arduino, raspberry pi, beagleboard, or even robotics, UAV, 3d printing, ham radio, etc.

And its interesting to see the software people start to question why not make hardware designs open source in the same way as software.

Comment: Food Pyramid made by business not science (Score 1) 958

by furry_wookie (#49018577) Attached to: Science's Biggest Failure: Everything About Diet and Fitness
I thought everyone knew that the Food Pyramid was totally made up by big business and in collusion with the government.

The Food Pyramid was designed in order to seer the masses to foods that could be grown/produced which would feed the people with the most PROFIT margins for commercial farming interests, such as grains, corn, etc..that favored massive commercial farming, and away from foods that required more effort to produce and favored small family farm production methods.

+ - NASA unveils NEW FOOTAGE of the OTHER SIDE of the MOON->

Submitted by furry_wookie
furry_wookie (8361) writes "As a matter of fact, Gerry, it's not all dark. Vid NASA has stitched together images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to produce a stunning video showing what the moon looks like from The Other Side. It shows that there are many more, and larger craters than on the side which faces the Earth. What it doesn't have is the large dark spots, called maria. The animation above shows craters of all sizes over the entire dark side. Although “dark” is a misnomer, the side we can’t see is illuminated by the Sun in just the same way as the Earth. They offered no explanation for that large rectangular black object that is seen sticking out of the moon surface however."

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+ - SPAM: BBC News - New Ebola cases show first rise in 2015

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The number of new cases of Ebola went up in all three of West Africa's worst-hit countries in the last week of January, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.
It is the first weekly increase in 2015, ending a series of encouraging declines.
The WHO says Sierra Leone registered 80 of the 124 new cases, Guinea 39 and Liberia the remaining five.
Almost 9,000 people have died from Ebola since December 2013."

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+ - LHC Set to Restart at Double Power Reignites Doomsday Fears

Submitted by hcs_$reboot
hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "CERN's world’s largest particle accelerator located in the Jura mountains near the Franco-Swiss border, the Large Hadron Collider, is set to restart at double power for three years from March 2015, after a two-years refit.
'With this new energy level, the LHC will open new horizons for physics and for future discoveries. I'm looking forward to seeing what nature has in store for us.' CERN Director General Rolf Heuer said in a statement.
However, two leading and well respected scientists, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson, have issued independent warnings that high energy collision experiments with the LHC could trigger an Earth-wide or even universe-wide catastrophe. LHC particles collisions of a scale never achieved by any accelerator in the past will allow CERN to look into deep mysteries of the universe, such as dark matter. The Large Hadron Collider was used in 2012 to confirm the existence of the Higgs boson, known as the God particle."

+ - 1st low cost arm64 hardware

Submitted by turb
turb (5673) writes "Announced today at Linaro Connect in Hong Kong was the HiKey board the first in the 96board program. ( For $129, the HiKey is a 64 bit 8 core Cortex-A53 at 1.2Gz SoC with 1 Gig of LPDDR3, Mali 450, OTG, 2 USB ports, wifi, bluetooth, HDMI, uSD and eMMC. Demoed as part of the announcement were builds of Debian and Android using a 3.18 kernel. Boards will be shipping in March."

+ - The fiddling with temperature data is the biggest science scandal ever-> 1

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "New data shows that the “vanishing” of polar ice is not the result of runaway global warming

When future generations look back on the global-warming scare of the past 30 years, nothing will shock them more than the extent to which the official temperature records – on which the entire panic ultimately rested – were systematically “adjusted” to show the Earth as having warmed much more than the actual data justified.

“How we are being tricked by flawed data on global warming”"

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Comment: Its all about THE CLOUD (Score 1, Informative) 421

What people don't get is this. Microsoft is totally being left out of the cloud.<br><br>The fact is that no cloud provider wants to keep track of licenses, so all cloud platforms, all the new and exciting PaaS platforms etc. are based on ALL OPEN SOURCE. And there is a reason for this.<br><br>When you are offering a system that can fire up nodes and destroy them dynamically and on-demand, its just not worth it to have to keep track of some piece of that being commercially licensed and all the restrictions you end up with on your freedom to fire up new nodes on demand etc..<br><br>Microsoft has been totally shut out of the cloud offerings and PaaS developments out there because licensed software slows you down and restricts all the freedoms to be dynamic in a cloud world that makes it attractive in the first place.<br><br>Maybe if open source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.Net takes off we will see it begin to become another offering by cloud providers and as part of popular PaaS platforms.

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